Steven Fletcher

Win was coming – Fletcher

by Stuart Vose

Striker on goal trail yet again.

Steven Fletcher could feel a Sunderland win on its way – and his prediction proved to be correct against Wigan.

Denied three points by a late equaliser at West Ham in their last outing, Sunderland got the bit between their teeth and Fletcher’s finishing ability powered them to a 1-0 win over the Latics at the Stadium of Light.

The in-form striker got the only goal – his fifth of the season – early in the second half as Martin O’Neill’s side added a first win to their four league draws so far in an unbeaten start to the campaign.

“We’re delighted to get the three points and it’s been coming, I think,” he told SAFC TV afterwards.

“We were disappointed to concede the goal last week but it was great to get the win today.

“Wigan are a strong, physical side but we held our own. It was a bit easier when they went down to 10 men and I think we deserved the win today.”

It’s been goals all the way so far for Fletcher, who has scored in every league game he’s played in since joining from Wolves back in August.

The striker's latest came as a James McClean cross-shot was deflected to the back post where he was waiting unmarked to ram the ball home.

“James was saying it was a cross, but I was gambling on him shanking the ball, to be honest,” he joked.

“I got myself on the back stick, the ball bounced to me and I put it in.

“I’m taking each game as it comes. I know I’m going to get chances with James and the rest of the team we have.

“I’ll keep trying to get on the end of them and hopefully keep getting the goals.”